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Health Disparities Roundup – Friday, December 14, 2012

Image Credit: iStock PhotoHere’s some of the latest health disparities news, posts and reports from this past week.

Governing Institute: Community Health and the Competition for Jobs – “In some respects, a community’s health index is like an individual’s credit score. It tells those considering doing business with you how big a risk you are. And just as an individual ought to know his or her credit score and how it stacks up and is being used, so also should any public official concerned about economic development know his or her community’s health score.” >> Read More From their earliest age, children must have words –  “Several studies have shown that early exposure to words, especially novel words spoken with kindness, improves academic success. That, in turn, promotes a lifetime of improved health. Better health leads back to academic success, which fuels the next generation. The spoken word resonates..” >> Read More

USA Today: Health rankings: USA is living longer, but sicker – “Americans are living longer, with fewer deaths from heart disease and cancer, but more chronic illnesses, an annual snapshot of the USA’s health shows. The 2012 America’s Health Rankings highlight troubling levels of obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and sedentary behavior. Medical advances are allowing more people to live with those conditions. The bottom line: Americans “are living longer, sicker” with more chronic illness, says Reed Tuckson of the United Health Foundation, a not-for-profit foundation that sponsors the report with the American Public Health Association and the Partnership for Prevention. >> Read More

ABC News: Black Women Battle Obesity With Dialogue, Action – “African-American women have the highest obesity rate of any group of Americans. Four out of five black women have a body mass index above 25 percent, the threshold for being overweight or obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. By comparison, nearly two-thirds of Americans overall are in this category, the CDC said.” >> Read More

Medill Reports: Asian-Americans make up more than half of U.S. population infected with hepatitis B – “More than half of the people infected with hepatitis B in the U.S. are Asian-Americans, yet many don’t know they have the ailment and they don’t know how to prevent it. An estimated 1.2 million people in the U.S. have hepatitis B, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Approximately 1 in 12 Asian-Americans are living with chronic hepatitis B and many don’t know it.” >> Read More

Salud Today Blog: Report: Latinos among the Most Obese, Sedentary in U.S. – “About 31% of U.S. Latinos are obese and 30.6% have a sedentary lifestyle, higher rates than the overall population (27.8% and 26.2%, respectively), according to a new snapshot of the nation’s health.” >> Read More

New York Times: Obesity in Young Is Seen as Falling in Several Cities – “Obesity affects poor children disproportionately. Twenty percent of low-income children are obese, compared with about 12 percent of children from more affluent families, according to the C.D.C. Among girls, race is also an important factor. About 25 percent of black girls are obese, compared with 15 percent of white girls.” Read More

PRWeb: Asian Americans Underrepresented In Health Surveys, UMass Boston Report Says – “Asian Americans face significant health disparities compared to other groups – such as high rates of Hepatitis B and diabetes – but the customary methods for tracking residents’ health do not include enough information on the health problems of this critical population.The Institute for Asian American Studies at UMass Boston makes that case and proposes solutions in its new paper, “Information on Small Populations with Significant Health Disparities: A Report on Data Collected on the Health of Asian Americans in Massachusetts.” The full study can be found online at” >> Read More

New Haven Register: New Haven has highest rate of asthma-related hospitalizations in Connecticut, report says – “Connecticut public health officials say asthma is increasing in the state but it’s not clear why. The state Department of Public Health says in a recent report that the number of adults with asthma increased by 17.9 percent between 2000 and 2010, and rose 7.6 percent among children between 2005 and 2010. The report, “The Burden of Asthma in Connecticut,” says 89,300, or 11.3 percent, of Connecticut children from birth to 17 years old had asthma in 2010. The national rate for children is 9.4 percent, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. >> Read More

The Boston Globe: Will national health reform close ethnic and racial disparities? – “National health reform is designed to help everyone who lacks medical coverage, but minority groups stand to benefit most — simply because they have the farthest to go. One-third of Hispanics and more than 20 percent of African-Americans nationwide lack health insurance. But the law’s provisions — most of which take effect in January 2014 — will effectively cut by half the number of African-Americans who are uninsured, and significantly improve coverage rates for Hispanics. “I think it’ll have the biggest impact in terms of reducing disparities in this country of any piece of legislation since the Civil Rights Act,” says Robert Restuccia, executive director of Community Catalyst, a Boston consumer advocacy organization that operates in 40 states. “I’ve worked 30 years on this stuff and there’s not anything [else] that even comes close.”” >> Read More

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About Gina Hernandez

Gina Hernandez is a Program Director at the Society for New Communications Research and has worked 7+ years in the digital communications field. Prior to joining the Society for New Communications Research, Gina worked at re: Imagine group, where she where she led media and blogger outreach and agency research.

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